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Supreme Court Gives Portsmouth's First Pride Festival 'A Little Extra Oomph'

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Portsmouth will host its first Pride festival this weekend. Festival organizers say the festival has been in the works since early winter.  Now that the Supreme Court upheld gay marriage in all 50 states, Seacoast Outright board chair Chuck Rhoades says, "I think there’s a little extra oomph, a little extra joy, and another reason to celebrate."

Seacoast Outright is a nonprofit that supports LGBT youth.  The organization faced funding and volunteer shortages last year. With a new board and director, Rhoades says, the group is revitalizing. 

Seacoast Outright serves between 40 and 60 young folks a year. They expect a couple hundred participants at Portsmouth Pride on Saturday.

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